The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place - Explosions in the Sky
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  • Summary: This five-song album is the second release from the Austin, Texas instrumental quartet known for their fierce live shows.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. The tones and the story told -- wordlessly throughout -- are exquisite.
  2. It seems like ideal film-soundtrack music, except that its gargantuan beauty would probably overwhelm any image you'd match it to. [Listen 2 This supplement, Dec 2003, p.18]
  3. 90
    A formidable demonstration of what can still be done with guitars. [Jan 2004, p.114]
  4. Explosions in the Sky doesn't shift as suddenly or jarringly on Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place; the quartet has applied more structural predictability this time out, but is still quick about setting the sad butterflies in your stomach to fluttering.
  5. Most of all, though, what we find ourselves thinking of when enjoying 'The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place' - and, rest assured, readers, it's an enjoyable experience right the way through - is the magical spangliness that elevated the Cocteau Twins from absolutely all of their more ghettoised contemporaries way back when.
  6. One of the most impressive aspects of The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place is that it feels constantly in flux, growing and transforming with every note.
  7. 40
    The quartet fills out the album by executing almost eactly the same formula [as the first track] four more times... and the dramatic shock wears off quickly. [Jan 2004, p.103]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 39
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 39
  3. Negative: 2 out of 39
  1. roxyM
    Jul 31, 2007
    10
    poignant and moving like nothing else in contemporary music. it makes me have hope for music of the future.
  2. EricD
    Dec 8, 2005
    10
    The bombast and instrumentation of Mogwai meets the compositions and epic nature of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Perfect. No time is wasted The bombast and instrumentation of Mogwai meets the compositions and epic nature of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Perfect. No time is wasted on techinca noisel wankery or unrecognizable vocal snippets. Expand
  3. MikeC
    Jan 20, 2010
    10
    An incredible accomplishment, every song on the album is gold. It all just flows so perfectly.
  4. Jul 4, 2011
    10
    This is one of the most intense and emotional albums all time. It still gives me goosebumps after playing the album over and over again. ImoThis is one of the most intense and emotional albums all time. It still gives me goosebumps after playing the album over and over again. Imo the best post-rock band there is (: Expand
  5. RyanB
    Mar 28, 2006
    10
    at times Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place is relaxing enough and beautiful enough to let me look at my life objectively and be absolutely at times Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place is relaxing enough and beautiful enough to let me look at my life objectively and be absolutely content. At other times it gets so powerful i can't sit still. i don't know whether to run down the street or fall to my knees. it's like the 5 song soundtrack to the most important 46 minutes of my life. Expand
  6. Aug 17, 2013
    10
    This record really means a lot to me. It's a whole movie, a whole story without any words. Every time you listen, another movie unfolds. It'sThis record really means a lot to me. It's a whole movie, a whole story without any words. Every time you listen, another movie unfolds. It's incredible, believe me. Expand
  7. CodyD
    Jun 29, 2006
    0
    There's not even any words! How crappy is this.

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